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American Utopias on BackStory ~ Monday at Noon

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Robert Owen’s proposed utopian community in New Harmony, Indiana, 1838 ";

BackStory - New for 2014 on KALW!  Historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths. This week: American Utopias - from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, they examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.

from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.from the search for transcendence amid rural beauty, or attempts to build perfectly ordered industrial towns, we examine the nature and impact of utopian thinking across three centuries of American history.